Day trip

From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

4.1 / 5

35 reviews

Activity provider: TOURLINE

From Heraklion: Day Trip to Knossos and the Lasithi Plateau

Activity provider: TOURLINE

From US$ 48.27 per person

Get back to nature and journey through the Lasithi Plateau of eastern Crete. Visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and hear about the Greek gods, ancient civilizations and Byzantine era.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German
Pickup included
Pickup is for outside hotels on the main road only from Malia, Stalis, Hersonissos, Analipsi, Anissaras, Gouves, Gournes, Kokkini Chani, Heraklion, Ammoudara - Heraklion, Agia Pelagia and Fodele Beach. After the booking, the activity provider will contact you within 24 hours with a detailed description about your pickup place and time.


  • Visit the birthplace of Zeus at the Dikteon Caves
  • Get back to nature on the Lasithi Plateau
  • Go to the Minoan Palace of Knossos
Full description
Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Lasithi Plateau on a day trip from Heraklion. Admire the remaining windmills and the drainage system that dates back to the Venetian Empire. Pass through traditional villages such as Psychro. Visit the Dikteon Cave, where Zeus is said to have been born. Continue to the village of Tzermiado and enjoy lunch in an authentic tavern before going to the Keras Kardiotissas Monastery, known for its remarkable murals. Next, visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos and learn the legend of the settlement at sites such as the Throne Room and Royal Chambers.
  • Pickup service from selected areas
  • Transportation by modern, fully air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced drivers
  • English, German, and French-speaking live guide
  • Extras during the coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour involves a walk uphill of 300 meters to the cave
  • Bring water, a hat and money for lunch and entrance fees
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4.1 /5

based on 35 reviews

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The tour was good - and long. After quite an expedition to gather all the participants for the tour, we visited the Lasithi plateau which is a bit of a surprise in Crete - very high in the mountains, and very flat with a lot of agriculture. Also visited the Cave of Zeus - a bit hike uphill for a small yet amazing cave. Then lunch in quite a decent tavern. And finally the Knossos Palace - and with a lot of imagination, one can gather that it must have been quite a place, esp. at the time that it was operating, but there is not much left of it. Still a good day, with good comments from the guide who was really "into her job and into representing her Crete" with a lot of energy and passion.

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October 10, 2022

We loved the experience, super comfortable bus ride. We had a guide who often provided us with information about the places we passed. We stopped for lunch at a local restaurant where the food was delicious and cozy. Very interesting to visit lassithi and the palace in Knossos. We were pleasantly surprised by the fact that on the way back there were several mini buses available for us to take them to the hotels faster, unlike what happens with other companies where the return journey takes the same time as the initial trip. I recommend.

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September 5, 2022

An invaluable excursion to discover the interior of the island. Very nice participants and a lot of quality and friendliness in the guide, Mrs. Irene. I take this opportunity to tell you that I did not do the tour of Knossos not only because I had already done it but because they were waiting for me in Heraclius. Unfortunately, due to the rush, I had to leave my black sunglasses (ray band) on the bus seat. If you hear anything about them, I'll be at the Aquila Atlantis until Sunday the 10th. Thank you

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July 8, 2022

Product ID: 74127